Did a gene patent save Angelina Jolie’s life?

The recent news that Angelina Jolie tested positive for the BRCA1 mutation and has consequently undergone a prophylactic double mastectomy to guard against developing breast cancer has increased the intensity of the spotlight on the gene patent debate currently playing out in both the United States Supreme Court in Association for Molecular Pathology v Myriad Genetics

Gene patents are alive and well in Australia

In its long-awaited landmark decision, on 15 February 2013 our Federal Court confirmed that isolated genetic/biological material is patentable subject matter in Australia (Cancer Voices Australia v Myriad Genetics Inc. [2013] FCA 65 ). Gene patents have been the subject of two Senate Inquiries and Private Members’ Bills. In all instances, the arguments in support